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Nobska Point

State: MA
Year established: 1829
Latitude: 41 deg 30 min 57 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 39 min 18 sec W
Height above sea level: 87 feet

Original construction:
octagonal light tower atop keeper's house

1876:present 40-foot brick-lined cast iron tower

automated 1985; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Flashing white every six seconds with a red sector visible for 11 nautical miles; fog signal two blasts every 30 seconds

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 106
Office of the Light House Board, List of Lights and Fog Signals on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, (Washington, DC: GPO, 1895), pp. 38-39